On Friday afternoon, the Associated Press announced their selections for the 2018 NFL All Pro first and second teams. Last year, both cornerback Darius Slay and punt returner Jamal Agnew made the All Pro first teams, but they weren’t as lucky this year.
Here’s a look at the first and second teams:
The 2018 AP All-Pro First Team [1st image] and Second Team [2nd image] pic.twitter.com/FfbORNOOlZ— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) January 4, 2019
While it’s hard to argue that any Lions players were truly deserving, one player’s omission certainly stands out: defensive tackle Damon Harrison Sr. “Snacks” was the best run-defending defensive tackle in the league this year, and he has been for some time. Back in 2016, he was named first-team All Pro with the Giants, but he had no such luck this year despite playing in 17 games, leading all defensive linemen with 81 tackles and being PFF’s No. 1 graded run defender.
#Lions DT @snacks, a 1st-Team All-Pro selection in 2016, has put together another All-Pro caliber campaign this season.— Greg Maiola (@Gom1094) January 3, 2019
He set NFL records, helped to significantly improve the @Lions' run defense and continued the dominance he's played with since entering the @NFL in 2012: pic.twitter.com/erZmGGW1xX
Harrison’s impact was obvious just looking at the Lions’ run defense before and after his arrival. Detroit went from one of the worst run defenses in the NFL to one of the best in a matter of weeks after the Lions traded for Harrison.
And to make matters worse, the AP voting system for All Pro is so flawed that three players were named to both the first and second teams at different positions: Tyreek Hill (Flex, WR), Derwin James (S, DB) and JJ Watt (DE, DT).
And as a last slap in the face to Lions fans, it’s worth mentioning that Detroit is one of the few cities with an NFL franchise that doesn’t have a representative voting in the All Pro process.
Adding this to the Associated Press official All Pro & MVP votes: Detroit media does NOT have a vote. One of few franchise cities without one. Shameful omission. https://t.co/9Dmw1QrA2w— Mike O'Hara (@MikeOHaraNFL) January 3, 2019
Well, at least we can appreciate Snacks on a local level.